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Fortancient - Posted - 07/07/2007:  10:00:35


So was Stringbean's style of play considered clawhammer I guess. I have been trying to find tabs on his stuff like Run Rabbit Run and have not been successful. Any other folks out there into him and Grandpa Jones? Man I miss Hee Haw!

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rendesvous1840 - Posted - 07/07/2007:  10:18:08


Hi, and welcome to the hangout. I don't know a lot about Stringbean's music. Hee Haw seemed to use the CH players more as comics than banjo players. I do like Grandpa Jones a lot, also Uncle Dave Macon. Here in Ohio we have an archaeology site called Fort Ancient. Are you drawing your name from that?
Paul

"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes. It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello

Cisco - Posted - 07/07/2007:  10:18:15


Stringbean played clawhammer a lot.
There are a lot of clips of him on youtube. A lot of them taken from Hee Haw.
For example:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6dEEY7L-BGQ

Didn't he say "There's no money beyond the fifth fret" ?

rendesvous1840 - Posted - 07/07/2007:  10:36:23


On Strings Gone Fishin, he plays a two finger style. It seems very few of the real old players stuck completely to one style of playing. I guess they chose the style to fit the song.
Paul

"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes. It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello

gailg64 - Posted - 07/07/2007:  11:15:08


Wasn't it String that played with Bill Monroe in the earliy days? My LPs are packed away but what I recall wasn't clawhammer, but some type of pre-bluegrass fingerpicking--and it sounded like he had picks on.
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There's a wonderful pic of him in Bob Carlin's illustrated book of southern musicians where he's in his clown outfit & makeup holding an RB-11.
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quote:
Originally posted by rendesvous1840

On Strings Gone Fishin, he plays a two finger style. It seems very few of the real old players stuck completely to one style of playing. I guess they chose the style to fit the song.
Paul

"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes. It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello



monkeyman - Posted - 07/07/2007:  11:42:23


Yeah I definitely read somewhere that String played with the Bluegrass Boys before Earl Scruggs, and I think he either played 2-finger style or was one of the innovators of the 3-finger style, before Earl really fleshed it out—or am I getting mixed up with Snuffy Jenkins now?

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never, never..." — Winston Churchill

stringbeaner - Posted - 07/07/2007:  11:44:21


Ol' String did play with the Monroes and he did play a 2 and 3-finger style but he mostly played CH which was (is) what I liked best,

Stringbeaner

Ronnie - Posted - 07/07/2007:  12:07:42


Not too off topic, I hope. Shortly before String's death he was to open for George Jones at a local concert (Jackson, Tn). Stringbean showed up but George didn't. A lot of people got their money back and went home, but several of us stayed. We were treated to about 2 hours of String on stage, and I and a couple of my picking friends had the honor of hanging out back stage with him during his breaks. . He was an interesting fellow. The accoustics in the old National Guard Armory (since destroyed by fire) were awful. "Can you'uns hyear me all right?"

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Edited by - Ronnie on 07/07/2007 12:10:24

monkeyman - Posted - 07/07/2007:  13:05:11


Stringbean playing 2-finger:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ37Qmvkhgo

Stringbean frailing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwFnncB59D0

Guess he did mix it up a bit.

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never, never..." — Winston Churchill

janolov - Posted - 07/07/2007:  14:04:20


quote:
Originally posted by monkeyman

Stringbean playing 2-finger:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJ37Qmvkhgo

Stringbean frailing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwFnncB59D0

Guess he did mix it up a bit.

Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never, never..." — Winston Churchill



I like his left hand work in Eighth of January"

Janolov

LEUllman - Posted - 07/07/2007:  15:38:53


Is that a Vegaphone #7 Stringbean's playing?

"Ring, ring the banjo, I love that good old song."

banjoghost - Posted - 07/07/2007:  16:04:34


jumpin' jelly beans! there sure are alot more cool banjo vids on youtube than i thought. thanks for the post. you've kept my busy for most of the morning...check out pete seeger's little birdie...nice. then compare and contrast it with roscoe's...holy cow! i'm glad it's easier to find film of string than it is to find his records.

Fortancient - Posted - 07/07/2007:  17:29:13


quote:
Originally posted by rendesvous1840

Hi, and welcome to the hangout. I don't know a lot about Stringbean's music. Hee Haw seemed to use the CH players more as comics than banjo players. I do like Grandpa Jones a lot, also Uncle Dave Macon. Here in Ohio we have an archaeology site called Fort Ancient. Are you drawing your name from that?
Paul

"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes. It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello



Yeah Paul but the Late Prehsitoric Ft. Ancient culture not the Middle Woodland Ft. Ancient site.

Yeah, I still watched getting through the comedy to the pickin on Hee Haw. I am watching reruns now on the tube.

So does anyone have Run Rabbit Run tab?

Don Miller
Powerbawl Redbone Kennels

Don Borchelt - Posted - 07/07/2007:  19:38:11


Right underneath the Eighth of January video was a link to Ramona Jones playing Whiskey Before Breakfast. Also great lsitening. Except they call it Breakfast Reel. Maybe she couldn't bring herself to recommend whiskey.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8bAmveB-AA&NR=1


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But it could be that the good Lord likes a little pickin' too."

- Tom T. Hall, from The Year That Clayton Delaney Died

wannabanjo - Posted - 07/09/2007:  12:12:25


While we're on the subject, does anyone know what type of banjo Stringbean & Grandpa played? I've seen them holding resonators and open-backs...

Also, like Fortancient, I'm still searching for Stringbean tabs - specifically the opening lick of Hot Corn, Cold Corn.

banjothumper5 - Posted - 07/09/2007:  18:40:23


I`m pretty sure Stringbean`s banjo was a Vega #9 Tubaphone from the 1930`s. Gradpa Jones banjo from the late 1960`s on was a Vega VIP (I think it was called VIP) Tubaphone. Bashful Brother Oswald also had a VIP Vega like Grandpa Jones except Oswald`s was an open-back.

Allen

rendesvous1840 - Posted - 07/10/2007:  23:27:31


A number of CH players used resonator banjo's for the volume. Mikes, and sound systems, when they were available, were a lot less advanced and a lot smaller, than we have available now. In her class on Grandpa Jones' style, Cathy Barton- Para said to sound like Grandpa, you have to hit the strings HARD. They had to make themselves heard, so if they could up the volume with a resonator, they did. Of course, these were professional musicians. They were making a living playing music, and bought the best tools they could afford.
Paul

"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes. It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello

BradFL - Posted - 07/24/2007:  07:53:40


Stringbean's banjo was a Vega #9. His nephew has the case, but the banjo is in the country music hall of fame museum. I have a lot of Stringbean videos posted on YouTube. I also have all six albums String recorded transferred to CD. Stringbean played clawhammer and two finger style banjo.



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